Texas Tech will say “Adios” to Texas in late February
Since the moment Chris Beard jumped ship from Tech to UT in April of 2021, the rivalry between the Red Raiders and the Longhorns has been as heated as any in the nation. Even last year, with Beard being fired and replaced by Rodney Terry, the intensity was noticeable when these two programs squared off with each team winning on its home court.
This year, the rivalry will again be hotly contested as it will be the last time the two teams will be in the same conference. Thankfully, the Big 12 schedule is giving Tech a chance to say “Adios” to Texas late in the season.
Tech actually opens conference play on January 6th in Austin. Given how talented Texas is supposed to be again this year and how many new faces Tech will be working into the equation, that will be a tough way to start the league schedule.
However, the final game between these two teams on campus will come near the end of the regular season on February 27th when Texas makes what will likely be its final trip to United Supermarkets Arena.
That Tuesday night game will be one for the ages and thankfully, it comes when the students will be back on campus and ready to unleash all of their vitriol on the Horns. It would have been a shame for Texas’ final climb up the Caprock to come in early January before the end of winter break.
Thankfully, this season’s marquee game is late in the year. Not only will that allow the anticipation for that showdown to build but it will give McCasland’s team enough time to come together and figure out how it needs to play thus enabling the Red Raiders to put their best effort forward in a game that will long be remembered as the last visit to Lubbock by UT in football or basketball.